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How Winston Churchill Preserved the Dream of Israel: July 4, 1922

How Winston Churchill Preserved the Dream of Israel: July 4, 1922

The Dream of Israel : An ear­li­er ver­sion of this arti­cle appeared in The Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor on June 30th. There were some inter­est­ing com­ments. Click the link to read.

Here­in, some edits of the edits, which diverged slight­ly from the draft. The pub­lished sub­ti­tle was, “Here’s bet­ting he would have loved America’s new embassy.” (Nev­er bet on what Churchill might love or not love.) It’s worth not­ing that the U.S. Embassy is in West Jerusalem. In a set­tle­ment, there could also be an Arab seat of gov­ern­ment in East Jerusalem. RML

Britain and Israel

Prince William land­ed in Israel June 25th for the first roy­al vis­it to the coun­try.…

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Benjamin Netanyahu on #Churchill

Benjamin Netanyahu on #Churchill

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Prime Min­is­ter Netanyahu pays Sir Win­ston Churchill a com­pli­ment (and this writer a small­er one), in his thanks for a gift of an inscribed copy of my book, Churchill In His Own Words, a col­lec­tion of 4000 anno­tat­ed quo­ta­tions (which Churchill real­ly said), along with a short appen­dix of the pop­u­lar apho­risms he nev­er said but which are fre­quent­ly cred­it­ed to him (Churchillian Drift).

The Prime Min­is­ter is not new to Churchill; he is one of those few states­men who pay more than rou­tine lip-ser­vice to Churchill’s role in his­to­ry. Unlike most lead­ers who invoke his name, Mr.…

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Churchill and Israel

Churchill and Israel

A recent arti­cle declares: “Churchill, a Zion­ist, was the first politi­cian to call for the cre­ation of  Israel in 1905.” Where exact­ly did he say that? —G.H., New York City

Churchill was cer­tain­ly pro-Zion­ist by 1905, but I can find no pub­lic state­ment call­ing for an inde­pen­dent Israel before her actu­al inde­pen­dence in 1948. Until then he called for a “Jew­ish Nation­al Home,” believ­ing, with what cyn­ics might call incur­able opti­mism, that Arabs and Jews in Pales­tine could coex­ist peace­ful­ly, point­ing to the ben­e­fits the Jews had brought in the form of irri­ga­tion and hor­ti­cul­ture. 

In 1921, when set­ting up the bor­ders of the mod­ern Mid­dle East, Churchill opt­ed not for an inde­pen­dent Israel but what he called a “Jew­ish Nation­al Home” with­in Britain’s Pales­tine Man­date, gen­er­al­ly coin­cid­ing with what is now Israel.…

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